Despite his playing career once being in limbo, Arizona Football offensive lineman Jacob Reece has finally been cleared medically.
It was just this past December that offensive lineman Jacob Reece, a commitment from the highly-touted recruiting class of 2022 signed with the Wildcats.
Jacob was coming to Tucson as a bit of an underrated recruit, this despite once being committed to Utah State. Nonetheless, the potential was there for him to surprise some people.
That is until a few months ago that left Jacobs’ playing career in doubt.
For those that don’t remember or weren’t aware, Jacob was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). And according to the Mayo Clinic, HCM is a rare “disease in which the heart muscle becomes thickened (hypertrophied). The thickened heart muscle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood.”
Essential what this diagnosis meant, was that he would have to cease all physical activity, leaving his football career in jeopardy.
Luckily for us, Jacob Reece has since battled back and was recently cleared to resume activity with Arizona Football.
Beyond the Wildcats getting Jamarye Joiner and Kyon Barrs back for the start of fall camp, more good news came on Tuesday evening when Reece announced he would be returning to football.
Making his health known via social media, Jacob updated fans that he has been cleared medically.
Even though he is just a true freshman, Jacob is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound, 3-star prospect from Salt Lake City, UT.
At Brighton High School, Jacob mostly lined up at left tackle. However, at Arizona Reece is a player that could move to an interior line position.
He possesses explosive power off the line of scrimmage, and he also shows great hands and footwork, packing one hell of a punch once he initiates contact with the defender.
Granted, it always takes linemen a little longer to develop and make an impact; however, with continued coaching and development, he could become a special player for the Cats. I know he will have plenty of fans rooting for him!
Here’s just a small reminder of how good he can be!